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Center for Pattern Design to host Ribbon Skirt Class Master Class
Aug '11
On September 24 & 25, the Center for Pattern Design will present Shingo Sato, a fashion designer famous for his Transformational Reconstruction (TR) approach to pattern design, at the California College for the Arts in San Francisco.

Mr. Sato will will offer a unique Master Class in designing and developing the complex pattern techniques for his Ribbon Skirt, leading participants through his unusual design process in which he designs directly on the form. Beginning with the muslin shell of the silhouette, Mr. Sato adds fullness, decorative details, seaming and the best fit, all as he works directly on the figure. This process was learned when he began his design career with Azzedine Alaia in Paris and it can be used whether working for a custom client or with a standard size for limited multiple production.

In the Ribbon Skirt Class Master Class, he explains his special inset technique, taking participants from developing the design on the form to finishing the skirt in a fashion fabric in the weekend class. Thereafter, designers will be able to apply this technique to bodice and dress designs or just to a sleeve, for example.

Along with the special design-on-the-form process are the secrets to cutting and stitching curves of the inset fabric while also incorporating the shaping normally handled by darts and seams. The finished garment seems a mystery in that no means of fitting is visible. The Ribbon Skirt is THE design that elicited the most wonder from students at his introductory appearance in North America last spring. The Master Class is a fully integrated designing, draping, flat-pattern and sewing series of lessons all applied to a single garment.

The cult fashion world has been captivated recently by a series of YouTube videos - showing the sculpted magic of Shingo Sato and his TR techniques in fashion design. Working in Milan for 'alta moda' designers, Shingo Sato has taken his technical experience with Alaia to new design frontiers as he builds, 'dismantles' and rebuilds his designs into futuristic shapes, optical illusions and mind-bending fabric transitions. He combines the complexity of origami, couture draping, flat pattern design and flawless construction to 'persuade' fabrics and seaming to perform unexpected effects as they flow around the body.

Mr. Sato teaches extensively in Milan and Tokyo and his techniques are described in his new book and CD, Transformational Reconstruction, which he will sign upon request. Further information is available or tickets for the Master Classes may be purchased online at the Center for Pattern Design.

The Center for Pattern Design strives to bring new understanding and appreciation for the art and craft of pattern design in the creation of innovative fashion. CFPD offers classes, tours, books, tools, patterns and a monthly newsletter. The Center often collaborates with colleges and universities to bring educational opportunities to new generations of fashion professionals, instructors and students.

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